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  • Chalk The Sun » blog
    3 2012 in blog No Comments The eponymous sentiments of Roger McGough s 1967 poem were unanimously endorsed albeit with more formal eloquence at last week s Poetry Parnassus on the South Bank Sir Andrew Motion and the poets assembled for the Free the Word I am not my Country debate on national identity all concurred that borders and nationalism have no place Read More No Mystery Posted by admin on Jun 25 2012 in blog No Comments Last week Jo and I celebrated National Crime Writing Month by going to a talk on plotting the perfect murder mystery at Bloomsbury Publishers Bedford Square is one of those architecturally inspiring parts of London between tacky Tottenham Court Road and the British Museum where you can imagine Jane Austen characters lodging on their trips to Read More Writing in Pyjamas Posted by admin on Jun 17 2012 in blog No Comments I missed Jubilee bank holiday 2 because I was writing in my nightie and no one told me I was on holiday I only became aware of our dear old sovereign s munificence when another self employed friend phoned me up to whinge about it and she only knew because it was her birthday and there was Read More Oranges are not the only fruit but they re the only international award for women novelists Posted by admin on Jun 7 2012 in blog No Comments Lamentably mobile phone company Orange is pulling its sponsorship of the Orange Prize for Fiction the only international literary award for women writers with any prestige and a potentially life changing liberating thirty grand for the winner Of course Orange will continue to sponsor the BAFTAs but then that gets lots of telly coverage and pix Read More Older entries Newer entries Courses Creative

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  • Chalk The Sun » admin
    3 2012 in blog No Comments The eponymous sentiments of Roger McGough s 1967 poem were unanimously endorsed albeit with more formal eloquence at last week s Poetry Parnassus on the South Bank Sir Andrew Motion and the poets assembled for the Free the Word I am not my Country debate on national identity all concurred that borders and nationalism have no place Read More No Mystery Posted on Jun 25 2012 in blog No Comments Last week Jo and I celebrated National Crime Writing Month by going to a talk on plotting the perfect murder mystery at Bloomsbury Publishers Bedford Square is one of those architecturally inspiring parts of London between tacky Tottenham Court Road and the British Museum where you can imagine Jane Austen characters lodging on their trips to Read More Writing in Pyjamas Posted on Jun 17 2012 in blog No Comments I missed Jubilee bank holiday 2 because I was writing in my nightie and no one told me I was on holiday I only became aware of our dear old sovereign s munificence when another self employed friend phoned me up to whinge about it and she only knew because it was her birthday and there was Read More Oranges are not the only fruit but they re the only international award for women novelists Posted on Jun 7 2012 in blog No Comments Lamentably mobile phone company Orange is pulling its sponsorship of the Orange Prize for Fiction the only international literary award for women writers with any prestige and a potentially life changing liberating thirty grand for the winner Of course Orange will continue to sponsor the BAFTAs but then that gets lots of telly coverage and pix Read More Older entries Newer entries Author Info Courses Creative writing weekly courses monthly

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  • Chalk The Sun » jo&Ards awrds 2012
    monthly workshops Distance learning Creative Writing Holidays in Italy Manuscript editing Customised courses Community Corporate Creative Writing Courses in Spain Newsletter Email address Please send me Monthly Newsletter Student Information Latest Tweets ChalktheSun January 11 2016 https t co ORaoJHDuuB ChalktheSun January 11 2016 Had real Hunan food at Chinatown s Oriental Dragon last night fab https t co oT7HQQZq23 View photo Hide photo ChalktheSun January 11 2016 Is it

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  • Chalk The Sun » Lucking out…
    some of it strawberry blond some of it in escaped tendrils because this is a book for women and we all know that apart from submitting to sexual and psychological violence with great alacrity we women are dominated by hair concerns I don t see the point of my pursuing any possible titillation because nothing dampens my ardour quicker than descriptive clichés or stereotypical assumptions about us gals I also object in a world where so many women suffer real abuse to a story which reinforces the tired old notion that we all love it and collude with it I know that the range of sexual experience and stimuli is huge disorderly and totally un PC but I d like to see that explored with fresh ideas and language What s most interesting about the Fifty Shades of phenomena is just how lucky E L James was to get it published Like J K Rowling should we all adopt initials by the way who was writing about boarding schools and wizards when we had all been advised not to by pundits publishers commissioners James wrote what she fancied writing and by chance someone saw the potential and got behind the book It all goes back to writing what you d like to read not what you perceive the market to be NB there s no point embarking on your saga of everyday torture now there are a thousand wannabes at it already write something you believe in that way even if it never gets published you ll have written something meaningful Ardella Jones 2 Comments Dawn Parsons July 17 2012 I m just fascinated by how many times the author mentions Grey s long fingers the mind boggles S I m only on Chapter 10 so I live in anticipation

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  • Chalk The Sun » Lucking out…
    some of it strawberry blond some of it in escaped tendrils because this is a book for women and we all know that apart from submitting to sexual and psychological violence with great alacrity we women are dominated by hair concerns I don t see the point of my pursuing any possible titillation because nothing dampens my ardour quicker than descriptive clichés or stereotypical assumptions about us gals I also object in a world where so many women suffer real abuse to a story which reinforces the tired old notion that we all love it and collude with it I know that the range of sexual experience and stimuli is huge disorderly and totally un PC but I d like to see that explored with fresh ideas and language What s most interesting about the Fifty Shades of phenomena is just how lucky E L James was to get it published Like J K Rowling should we all adopt initials by the way who was writing about boarding schools and wizards when we had all been advised not to by pundits publishers commissioners James wrote what she fancied writing and by chance someone saw the potential and got behind the book It all goes back to writing what you d like to read not what you perceive the market to be NB there s no point embarking on your saga of everyday torture now there are a thousand wannabes at it already write something you believe in that way even if it never gets published you ll have written something meaningful Ardella Jones 2 Comments Dawn Parsons July 17 2012 I m just fascinated by how many times the author mentions Grey s long fingers the mind boggles S I m only on Chapter 10 so I live in anticipation

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  • Chalk The Sun » And the Winner is….
    and teach unemployed youths how to write CVs he d said helpfully as we wittered on about BAFTAS TV rights and other lady topics Needless to say our category winner was something to do with construction apprenticeships a real business Breeze Yoga Mr Organic and a woman who sells luxury lingerie intriguingly called Fred Ginger bemused the business world too judging by the faint hearted response from those assembled in the banqueting hall when their names were called Valet Male Grooming of Croydon or Back Sack and Crack as I like to call them seemed to be shortlisted in every category but couldn t I suspect surmount deep seated psychological barriers in order to win Theo the Magician from Sutton didn t get a look in despite doing card tricks all night I think Paul Strank of the mighty Merton roofing dynasty also went home empty handed though by Best Independent Retailer I was loosing the will to live and with all that Cab Sav the ability to retain any nugget of information for more than a millisecond We commiserated with the jolly hotel girls from Jury s Inn Best Green Biz rallied a little when Carol the lovely founder of Wimbledon Village Riding Stables won Best Biz for Hospitality and Leisure but over all the event had a strangely enervating effect I found my thoughts drifting back to the early eighties when Jo was organising Motorcycle magazine s Man of the Year award at the Lyceum Ballroom and employed me to smirk and hold envelopes on the stage Unfortunately the combination of sub zero temperatures and a backless dress wreaked havoc with my nasal passages and I did a big wet sneeze right over the late Barry Sheene I spent the rest of the night transfixed horribly by the

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  • Chalk The Sun » “Why Patriots are a Bit Nuts in the Head” – Roger McGough
    Imtiaz Dharker characterised the poetic identity on the uncomfortable edge with uncomfortable truths poetry is an eternal illegal immigrant which can t be contained by national borders Poetry is not polite Her poem on the dissonance of cultural identity They ll say She must be from another Country reflects her personal experience as a woman born in Pakistan growing up a Muslim Calvinist in a Lahori household in Glasgow who eloped with an Indian Hindu to live in Mumbai Our personal sense of identity rarely coalesces with the national English poet Jo Shapcott commented on how little the mix of cultures of which we are all comprised has to do with either geography or nationality as a political construct of the nation state Bulgarian Kiwi Brit Kapka Kassabova an embodiment of the idea expressed it wittily in her poem I want to be a Tourist in the City of my Life She summed up how superficial and anodyne our sense of national identity often is in her conversational experience no one had anything to say about Bulgaria and mention of New Zealand elicited comments about sheep and Lord of the Rings The jingoistic idea of a National Poet proudly extolling the collective virtues of a nation may have gone out with Kipling yet we all have our personal affection and significant images of our motherlands and those with whom we share some cultural identity It may not be military might or pomp and circumstance that stirs us but the smell of grandma s cooking or the sound of waves on a familiar shore Perhaps we only love our countries or our cultures in the abstract when we perceive them to be under attack I can slag off post imperial Britain with the best of them until an American joins in

    Original URL path: http://chalkthesun.co.uk/?p=1187 (2016-02-15)
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  • Chalk The Sun » No Mystery
    character s story arc the sub plot love interest and comic dog scenes Anne Zouroudi who gained useful access to the justice system as a Victim Support volunteer writes her entire first draft long hand in an inspired three month splurge without plotting and planning then spends a year fine tuning and editing Claire McGowan also favours long hand and though she wrote her first book in three months her next took three years so don t panic All three emphasised that hoary old truth that writers must actually write and do so fairly regularly they also all recommended long walks gardening cooking and pretty much any handicraft as imagination freeing remedies for blocked thoughts and tangled plots In fact owning a dog seems to be as essential for the successful writer as owning a laptop possibly more so Our writers top tips were reassuringly predictable crime fiction requires a serious crime preferably but not necessarily a murder an engaging main protagonist especially if you are planning a series clever twists and turns if it s a detective novel and ongoing jeopardy if it s a thriller It was nice to know we had not been misleading our students all these years It was also good to know the emphasis each writer placed on rewriting and editing But most of all it was good to have the fact confirmed that though agents tell you what s wrong with a novel they don t tell you how to put it right that s where creative writing tutors can come into their own The writers warned their audience against sharing work too soon and receiving feedback that is either cripplingly negative or complacently enthusiastic non writing friends and relatives tend to evaluate one s work on quantity not quality You wrote all

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